How do I Choose the Best Baby Shampoo?

Patti Kate

When choosing the best baby shampoo for your little one, think in terms of natural. One might be inclined to assume that as long as the label says "baby shampoo" with a claim of being gentle, that it is the best one to choose. There are other factors to consider when selecting a baby shampoo, however. Most importantly, choosing one that is free of harmful chemicals, dyes, and perfumes is probably the best way to go.

A homemade baby shampoo can contain yogurt.
A homemade baby shampoo can contain yogurt.

Baby bath products and shampoos come in various brands, from the generic store brand to the big company name brands. When it comes to what's best for your baby, you might not want to place your trust blindly. A little knowledge and forethought can go a long way when choosing a baby shampoo.

Apple cider vinegar, when mixed with yogurt, is a natural baby shampoo.
Apple cider vinegar, when mixed with yogurt, is a natural baby shampoo.

Some baby shampoos contain chemicals and agents that may cause cancer with long term exposure. Chemicals such as sulfate and formaldehyde might be in some popular brands of baby products. The first step in choosing the best shampoo for your child is to read the labels carefully. Other than synthetic substances include the chemicals used to add fragrance to shampoos.

Baby shampoo should be gentle and contain few chemicals.
Baby shampoo should be gentle and contain few chemicals.

Shampoos that smell like flowers might seem pleasant to an adult, but your baby may be sensitive to them. The same goes for dyes and additives. The gentlest form of shampoo is a safe bet when making your selection, especially if it is for an infant or young child. Hypoallergenic shampoos are generally a good idea when using a product for an infant or toddler.

To play it safe and be sure your baby will not have an adverse reaction or sensitivity issues, choose an organic product. Choosing an all-natural organic shampoo and other baby products will generally assure that your baby will not be exposed to harsh additives or chemicals. You should be able to find an organic style of baby shampoo at a specialty shop. If you have difficulty locating these products, do an Internet search. Purchasing your baby shampoo online should be relatively easy.

Another option might be to make your own baby shampoo at home. You'll know you are using something all natural for your baby because you've prepared it yourself. If you decide to make your own baby shampoo, try using melons, berries, or apples, add a little apple cider vinegar and mix it with a cup of plain yogurt. Your baby will smell naturally sweet and fresh and you won't have to worry about harmful chemicals. Remember to prepare only as much as you will use right away.

It is a good idea to use hypoallergenic shampoos to wash a toddler's hair.
It is a good idea to use hypoallergenic shampoos to wash a toddler's hair.

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My baby turned out to be very sensitive to odors. At first we were using a normal shampoo and soap that had a mild floral scent. But this really seemed to irritate her so we switched to unscented products.

We use a gentle baby shampoo that has no discernible scent and our baby has no problems with it. It used to be such a chore to get her washed but now she almost seems to enjoy it.


I use a line of organic baby bath products on my baby. I only use organic cosmetics and bath products on myself so why why I do any less for my baby?

It often gets overlooked, but cosmetic and bath products are filled with dangerous chemicals. And in most cases you are taking these products and rubbing them into your skin. No one really knows what a lifetime of this kind of chemical exposure does to a person's health. I figure better safe than sorry. I will only use organic on my baby.


Make sure that you are using a shampoo that is specially formulated for babies. Using adult shampoo on babies can easily irritate their eyes.

There are several companies that makes shampoo specifically for babies. You can find them in most stores or you can look online to find a better selection and lower prices.

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